Pastoral Counseling Services to begin Mindfulness-Meditation for Children Program at Families in Transition – New Horizons


Contact:  Joyce Herndon, PCS, 603-627-2702 x 117; [email protected]

Michele Talwani, FIT, 603-641-1143 ex 322 ; [email protected]

Manchester- Pastoral Counseling Services and Families in Transition – New Horizons have partnered to offer an eight-week Pilot Program of Mindfulness-Mediation for children effected by homelessness beginning Tuesday, September 13th with children enrolled in the Family Place after school program at Families in Transition – New Horizons.

Mindfulness Meditation is a moment-to-moment awareness.  Children will learn how to foster concentration, reduce disruptive behavior, improve social skills, improve attention levels, manage thoughts and feelings and enhance ability to learn.

Facilitator of this program, Bayard Herndon, MA, LPP states: “Mindfulness-meditation research has shown this practice benefits children who are anxious, sad and have difficulty focusing.  I am looking forward to working with Families in Transition – New Horizons and the children enrolled in this pilot program. I extend special thanks to the Queen City Rotary for providing funding.”

“We are a happy to be part of this pilot program with Pastoral Counseling Services,” stated Stephanie Savard, LICSW, Vice-President of Families in Transition – New Horizons.  “To provide such specific and hands on tools in learning how to manage thoughts and feelings is an amazing asset to our Family Place program.  We are so appreciative of an opportunity such as this to bring new solutions to the children of Families in Transition – New Horizons.”

The vision of Pastoral Counseling Services, a non-profit agency, is to be a community where all people can achieve peace, healing, and wholeness. To ensure this vision, our mission is to be a center of excellence and diversity that integrates psychological theory and spiritual sensitivity through psychotherapy, consultation, and education. We partner with social service, educational, faith, and business communities to further this mission.

Families in Transition – New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. Additionally, FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH which serve as an economic engine to help pay for services they provide. For more information about FIT and the stores, visit or call 603-641-9441.

To learn more about Pastoral Counseling Services, visit, or call 627-2702.


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